Community Solar

CLEAN ENERGY (AND LOWER COSTS)
ARE COMING TO THE VILLAGE OF HAVERSTRAW!

VILLAGE CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAM ABOUT TO LAUNCH!

The Village of Haverstraw is proud to be one of the founding members, along with five other Rockland municipalities, of a collaborative municipal program called Rockland Community Power.  This program aims to bring 100% renewable energy to our community, while also lowering costs and strengthening consumer protection.

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ROCKLAND COMMUNITY POWER UPDATE FOR LATE OCTOBER

Six Rockland municipalities – Clarkstown, Orangetown, and the Villages of Haverstraw, Nyack, South Nyack, and Upper Nyack – have founded a collaborative municipal energy program called Rockland Community Power.  This program will make 100% renewable energy available to our community at lower cost, while also strengthening consumer protection.

In the midst of the pandemic and economic hard times, it’s good to have some ‘good news’ to share with our communities.

  • We have created a program that makes renewable energy affordable to everyone.
  • We project that together we will reduce our collective carbon footprint for all six communities by approximately 57,578 metric tons over two years. That’s the equivalent of taking 12,439 cars off the road for one year.
  • Together we are providing much stronger consumer protection through the program.  By negotiating as a collaborative group, we are able to provide low fixed rates and help constituents avoid predatory contracts.

Click HERE for News 12 coverage from October 14.

(LINK TO: https://hudsonvalley.news12.com/new-initiative-in-rockland-pools-power-for-lower-prices-renewable-energy)

Program launch:  Residents who did not opt out by October 28 will be moved into the program  in November.  Anyone can leave the program any time with no exit fee, but it will now take one billing cycle to move back to Orange & Rockland.

‘Switch letters’ from O&R in November:  If you received a letter about the program from the village and did not opt out, you can expect to receive a ‘switch letter’ from Orange & Rockland over the next few weeks.  The ‘switch letter’ notifies you that you are being switched to Rockland Community Power.  We hope that you will take advantage of this village program.  To learn more, please visit www.RocklandCommunityPower.com or call 845 859-9099.

Rockland Community Power virtual “office hours”:  Please “drop by” online or call to discuss your questions and concerns.  We’re here to help you understand your electric bill and your new options through your village program.

Virtual Office Hours for November

Monday mornings, 11 am to 12 pm and Wednesdays evenings, 7 to 8:00 pm

Join online: https://jouleassetsinc.my.webex.com/meet/info

Join by phone: 1-415-655-0001

Access code: 126 801 1932

Helpline:  The Rockland Community Power program helpline is also available to answer your questions and to help you better understand your options. You can reach helpline staff at 845 859-9099, Monday to Friday 9 to 5, or at  info@RocklandCommunityPower.com. The helpline will remain active for the life of the program.

We are proud of what we’ve achieved so far and look forward to adding on more initiatives through this program.  We’ll continue to keep you updated.

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What is Rockland Community Power?

Rockland Community Power is a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, a buying group through which village residents and small businesses can purchase electricity sourced by clean energy.  New York State promotes CCA in order to foster the growth of clean energy, lower costs, and strengthen consumer protection.  CCA programs currently serve over 25 million people in 8 states.

Rockland Community Power currently includes six communities: Clarkstown, Orangetown, and the villages of Haverstraw, Nyack, South Nyack, and Upper Nyack.  When the program launches this fall, over 36,000 local households will have the opportunity to transition to clean energy, helping to ensure cleaner air and a safer environment for our families, while also reducing costs.

 

Why is the Village of Haverstraw participating in the Rockland Community Power program?

The Village of Haverstraw is among the environmental leaders in Rockland County.  Now, along with five other municipalities, our community is leading the way to a greener and cheaper energy future. New York State has set ambitious goals to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.  Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) helps us take one big step toward meeting those goals and reducing our carbon footprint as a community, while also reducing costs.

The benefits of CCA include:

  • Cost savings
  • 100% renewable energy
  • Consumer protection from predatory suppliers
  • More community choice and more choice for individual consumers

 

Can I opt out?

Yes, you can always opt out of the program easily and at any time and with no penalty.  If you are a current Orange & Rockland (O & R) customer, you should receive an official letter from Mayor Michael Kohut in September, welcoming you to the program.  This letter will explain the program and will list your options.  If you do nothing, you will be automatically transferred to the default community renewable energy program, will start after thirty days.   O & R will remain as your utility, delivering energy, maintaining power lines and billing customers.

 

Can I participate if I am not an O & R customer?

If you purchase your electricity supply from an alternative energy supplier and wish to participate in the CCA program, you’ll need to enroll through an online enrollment form. We recommend that you first check your supply contract or contact your supplier to determine if you will be subject to an exit fee.

 

What’s the difference between CCA and Community Solar?

In the last few weeks, you should have received an official letter from the village about the Community Solar program, also offered through Rockland Community Power.  Rockland Community Power’s Community Solar and CCA programs work well together to save you money and support renewable energy. You can increase your cost savings by combining the benefits of both programs.  Community solar provides approximately 10% additional electricity bill savings, in addition to likely savings through CCA.

In order to participate in the Community Solar program, you must enroll by calling (845) 859-9099, ext. 4.  You do not need to take action to participate in CCA.  We encourage you to participate in both programs.

For more information about Rockland Community Power or CCA, please visit www.RocklandCommunityPower.com or call (845) 859-9099.  You can also contact your Community Coordinator at Peggy@RocklandCommunityPower.com.